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Friday, April 07, 2006

Reader Loyalty and Rewards Program

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Centrerion: Canadian Politics exists to be read. Therefore, it's in our best interests to encourage you, our readers, to come back often. That said, I'd like to announce our Reader Loyalty Program. (RLP)
The basis for the RLP is simple: we want to write what you want to hear about, and at the same time, we want to mix it in with things we're passionate about. You get to satisfy your curiosity and expand your horizons at the same time.

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Concretely, here's what we intend to do. The RLP has 7 points.

1) Poll you about what
  • content you'd like to see written about,
  • would make you come back,
  • you like best about the site.
Incidentally, if you could leave a comment, that'd be even more appreciated.

2) Interview our best commenters (if you want) and write profiles about you and your sites. This gives you exposure, traffic, and contextual links to your website, which is important for search engine optimization (thus gaining even more exposure, traffic, and, if you use them, revenue from ads on your site). Repeat commenters, or commenters with quality insight, or commenters who write a lot, make up this group.

2.5) Update: FREE CONTENT for best commenters' websites. Our top commenters can copy articles they like here (that were authored by myself, lecentre; other articles are off-limits) in their entirety, and post them on their sites to have fresh content. The only condition is to attribute it properly as coming from Centrerion, a Canadian political website.
Here's a suggestion on how to attribute it: "This article was originally posted on a < a href="">Canadian political analysis website, Centrerion: Canadian Politics< /a>. Reprinted with permission." You just have to copy paste that at the top or bottom of the article, minus the space between '<' and 'a href' and between '<' and '/'. It'll look like this: "This article was originally posted on a Canadian political analysis website, Centrerion: Canadian Politics. Reprinted with permission."

3) Read and respond to all comments and email(which you'll notice has already started a few weeks back).

4) Include a latest comments board on the front page, as well as a chatboard, so you can see what people are saying, as well as meet and talk to other readers. Commenters names' on the boards will be links back to their sites.

5) Consider other incentives and rewards that might interest you. Leave a comment if you have any ideas or suggestions.

6) Improve the site navigation with links to the main pages at the top of the website. You'll be able to access the About, Contact, Most Popular, Carnivals and other important pages from the top of the screen. As well, we've been working on including other tools to make finding your way around the site easier, such as topical archives and site maps.

7) Some other ideas are in development at the moment, but they will exponentially increase the value of Centrerion: Canadian Politics to you. I suggest you bookmark Centrerion: Canadian Politics now (technorati bookmarks allow you to save the boomark online... there's a link at the end of this post to do that), so you can be the first to make this tool available in your neighbourhood.

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